EPL, European Leagues Soldier On

4 Americans play 90 minutes in the EPL as it begins its 22nd season
by Austin Farrow   |   Saturday, August 24, 2013

Americans Overseas – column on USA soccer players playing abroad for clubs outside of North America

England

The Premier League began play this past weekend as did the likes of Jozy Altidore, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron.

Guzan and Aston Villa have started their season quite well after defeating Arsenal 3-1 on opening day. Guzan played the entirety of the game and did once again 4 days later when Villa faced Chelsea. Villa lost to Chelsea 2-1 in the end.

Altidore and Sunderland weren’t quite as fortunate with their Premier League opener. Sunderland lost 1-0 to Fulham at the Stadium of Light. Altidore played 90 minutes, however. Sunderland face Southampton this weekend and will surely be looking for a win after a disappointing home loss.

Elsewhere, much like Sunderland, Stoke lost its opening match of the season 1-0. However, Stoke played away to Liverpool. Cameron played a solid 90 minutes for Stoke. Maurice Edu and Brek Shea, who are also with Stoke, are currently recovering from injury.

Howard also played 90 minutes this past week as Everton drew Norwich 2-2.

In the Championship, Eric Lichaj and Danny Williams saw playing time for their respective sides. Lichaj played 90 minutes against Bolton as Nottingham Forest won the game 3-0. Forest are currently in 1st place after 3 consecutive wins to start the season.

Tim Ream dressed but did not play for Bolton. Given the 3-0 result, we could see Ream get time this weekend against QPR.

Williams played the final 22 minutes for Reading in their 3-3 draw against Watford.

Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play against Derby in Leicester’s last fixture. Leicester defeated Derby 1-0 and sit in fourth place currently. Whitbread has played 108 minutes in three matches for Leicester, which comes as pleasant news considering his notorious struggles with injury.

Germany

John Anthony Brooks had a strong start to his Bundesliga season as Hertha defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 in their opening match. He did not start in the following match against Nurnberg but was subbed on for the final 7 minutes. Brooks traveled to Bosnia 4 days earlier with the US Men’s National Team so he was likely being rested in the 2-2 draw against Nurnberg. Timothy Chandler played the final 19 minutes of the match for Nurnberg and received a yellow as well.

Hoffenheim took down Hamburg 5-1 this past week. Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes at leftback for Hoffenheim and also came up with an assist. Jeremy Toljan sat on the bench for the entirety of the game. Lastly, Wolfsburg disposed of Jermaine Jones’ Schalke 4-0. Jones played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in the 49th minute.

In Bundesliga 2 action, Andrew Wooten saw 83 minutes with Kaiserslautern in a 2-1 win. Elsewhere, Bobby Wood and Alfredo Morales faced off as 1860 Munich and Ingolstadt played each other. Wood played the final 22 minutes as 1860 took down Ingolstadt 1-0. Morales started and played the full 90 minutes.

Netherlands

Aron Johannsson came away from AZ Alkmaar’s last match with yet another goal. He played 73 minutes and was subbed off in a 2-1 defeat of Waalwijk. Johannsson is currently tied for 2nd in goals in the Eredivisie with 3.

Norway

Steve Clark and Honefoss are now winless in 9 matches in league play after losing to Sandnes 1-0. Clark played 90 minutes once again. League-leading Rosenborg drew Valerenga in their last fixture 0-0. Mix Diskerud started and played 70 minutes.

France

Alejandro Bedoya made his Ligue 1 debut this past week after entering in the 52nd minute in Nantes’ match against Lorient. Lorient made the occasion bittersweet for Bedoya as Nantes lost the match 2-1. Bedoya also, unfortunately, came away from the match with a calf injury which may very well cause him to miss this weekend’s match against PSG.

Russia

Tom Tomsk are winless after 4 matches to start their Premier League campaign. In their last loss against Krylya Sovetov Samara, Starikov dressed but did not play as they lost 1-0.

Denmark

The Danish Superliga is full of good news this week. Conor O’Brien helped Nordsjaelland pull out of their winless streak with a 2-1 win against Aalborg this past week. O’Brien played 90 minutes after only starting 2 of Nordsjaelland’s 1st 4 matches. He seems to have a solid place in Nordsjaelland’s starting XI again after the side visibly performed much better once he was re-integrated into the squad.

Babajide Ogunbiyi also seems to be aiding his side, Viborg. Ogunbiyi went 90 for Viborg in their 3-0 defeat of Sondersjyke and also received a yellow on the day.

Belgium

Sacha Kljestan came up with a goal for Anderlecht this past Sunday in a 3-0 win against Waasland-Beveren. Kljestan also played the full 90 minutes. With the win, Anderlecht is now in 5th place in the Jupiler League.

Sweden

Brian Span failed to make the bench for Djurgaarden in their last fixture against Norrkoping.  

Greece

Michael Hoyos made his Greek Super League debut this past week for OFI Crete in a 0-0 draw against Panionios. Hoyos was subbed on in the 83rd minute.

Austria

Terrence Boyd did not make the bench for Rapid Wien’s last match against Admira.  

Brazil

Freddy Adu did not make Bahia’s bench in league play this last week but did play the final 25 minutes of Bahia’s Sudamericana match against Portuguesa. Bahia won the cup match 2-1.  

Mexico

Paul Arriola and Greg Garza came off the bench for Tijuana once again but Tijuana lost 2-1 against Monterrey. Edgar Castillo was the only American to play 90. Arriola entered the game in the 85th minute for Joe Corona and scored Tijuana’s only goal. Arriola also picked up a yellow as Garza played the final nine minutes. For Monterrey, Alonso Hernandez dressed but did not play.  

Elsewhere in Mexico, Damarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both went 90 minutes for Puebla in a 4-2 win against Chivas Guadalajara while Jose Torres played 90 minutes for Tigres in a 3-0 loss against Santos Laguna. 

Austin FARROW

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USA
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Indian River State
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Manchester City
Bringing you news on soccer players across MLS and American players playing in top leagues around the world, Austin is a journalism major who enjoys the fine arts. He doesn't favor one club over another, but just enjoys all MLS play.
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